Bakeware + Tools

chocolate chip sconesMost people think my kitchen is enormous because I bake all the time, but I promise, it’s very average. On the small side, even. I’ve gotten pretty creative with my storage solutions, because I do have an array of baking pans, prep bowls, and baking tools.

No matter what fancy shops and catalogs will tell you, you really only need a handful of tools for successful baking. In addition to a stand mixer (more on my mixer coming soon!), I recommend the following as a place to start – you can always add in other pans and tools as you go along, and of course you can choose other tools that suit what you bake more often to help you along the way. For example, I do a lot of cookie baking, so I have a few different sizes of cookie scoops.

Bakeware

  • 9 x 13 pan
  • Two 9-inch round pans
  • 10-inch fluted (or Bundt) pan
  • 8-inch (or 9-inch) loaf pan
  • 9-inch pie dish
  • Cookie sheets (I prefer ones without sides)
  • Cooling racks

Baking Tools

  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber spatulas
  • Turner spatula (like a pancake turner)
  • Offset spatula (for frosting cakes)
  • Rolling pin
  • Whisk
  • Cookie scoops
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Chef’s knife
  • Pastry bag, coupler, and piping tips
  • Pastry blender
  • Cookie cutters

Fun & Useful Things to Have

  • Microplane grater, for zesting
  • Citrus reamer, for juicing
  • Melon baller, for coring cupcakes
  • Food scale
  • Food processor
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